Slated (Slated, #1) by Teri Terry

12743472Book Synopsis:
Published May 3rd 2012 by Orchard Books
448 pages | goodreads-badge-add-black-38px
Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.

She’s been Slated.

The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

Book Review : 3_Stars71/2

What would you give to be able to forget your past? To start over? For those deemed criminals by society or for those just wishing to forget a terrible childhood, they can be slated. Slated erases who you were, all of your memories and your personality. To begin again is a unique opportunity that humans constantly wish to attain, but what if it was achievable by an operation? Would you choose it? What if you didn’t have a choice?

Kyla, has been slated. She doesn’t know what for, no one ever does. She needs to integrate successfully into her new home, her new school and her new family. If not, she’ll be returned. But when her dreams begin to seem more like lost memories then fiction, and when she begins to trust those who appear to be liars, Kyla unravels a secret that could change the course of the nation.

Terry has created a plausible alternate future in which we provide our criminals with a chance to become fully rehabilitated. (This is not a post about prison rehabilitation percentages….just so we are clear). I truly saw the genius in such an invention, and the positives of a program that ensured second chances became a reality. Of course with any dystopian however there are always negatives, but they are spoilers…so you’ll have to read this one to find out.

Overall the idea for this story was rather fantastic, unfortunately I found it really hard to relate to the characters. Kyla seemed to point out things that were incredibly obvious, and her love interest seemed to fall a bit flat. What was with the whole sitting on his knee thing…she isn’t a child Ben. STOP IT. A non-sexy mental image for sure. 

I also found that some parts of the novel seemed to drag on, and were unnecessary in my oppinion. I am, regardless, still intrigued to continue with this series. Whilst reading it I could identify clear issues, but when discussing the premise you realise just how unique and interesting this series really is.

Have you read it? What did you think?



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